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Midlakes students disciplined after marijuana use on campus

Another rural school district is disciplining its students for illegal drug use. Monday, we told you the Geneseo Blue Devils were forced to forfeit their season due to allegations of OxyContin use by team members. Friday night, we’re learning several students at Midlakes High School are in trouble for marijuana use in school. The superintendent for the school district confirms marijuana... more

Deputies: Improper U-turn caused wreck on Freshour Road

A 63-year-old Clifton Springs woman was ticketed following a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Freshour Road that occurred, deputies allege, when the woman made an improper U-turn and struck another car. Kathryn M. Drennan was driving a 2014 Toyota Rav-4 south on Freshour at around 7:48 a.m. when, according to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, she pulled to the right... more

Fall Into Books: Where will bookstore trail lead you?

“Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” is the frequently quoted response of American humorist and author Mark Twain when he heard his obituary had appeared in a newspaper while he was still living. These days, a similar reaction is heard from owners of independent bookstores in response to the oft-told tale of brick-and-mortar booksellers going out of business. “Independent... more

Matt Sickles settling in as Midlakes superintendent

When he decided to transition to a superintendent’s position, Matt Sickles knew the kind of district he wanted to work for and eventually found it at Phelps-Clifton Springs (Midlakes) Central School District. He didn’t necessarily expect to move 200 miles away from where he grew up and spent his entire career, but Midlakes met all of his criteria, so he... more

Clifton Springs woman gets lengthy prison term

A Clifton Springs woman was sentenced Thursday to a lengthy prison term related to the sexual abuse of two children. Ontario County Judge Frederick Reed sentenced Janiet Simonds, 26, to 22 years in prison followed by 20 years of parole. Simonds pleaded guilty to felony counts of criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse and use of a child in a... more

Clifton Springs man had BAC above .18 percent during stop

On Saturday at approximately 11:18 pm deputies performed a traffic stop on State Route 96, which led to the arrest of a Clifton Springs man. According to deputies, Jeffrey S. Addona, 40, was found to be operating his motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, blood-alcohol content .18 percent or greater, and failure to... more

Week 2 in Finger Lakes HS football features heavy Friday night slate

The second weekend of area high school football gets underway on Friday night with all but one game involving Finger Lakes East & West teams hitting the field. The lone Saturday game features Tri-Town (South Seneca/Romulus/Trumansburg) visiting Mynderse Academy for an afternoon affair on Saturday. Full schedule and game times below… FRIDAY NIGHT ER/Gananda at Midlakes 7 pm CG Finney... more

Rain doesn’t dampen first-school-day spirits in Ontario County

Teachers and administrators donned umbrellas to greet students, some of whom covered their heads with hoods and backpacks to shelter from the rain. “Children eagerly arrived to Victor Primary School this morning, wet from the rain and excited for the promise the year holds,” said Principal Jennifer Check. “This year, we are looking forward to growing as a school community,... more

What are lowest rated bridges in Ontario County?

With just a few more weeks left before the start of a new school year, area families are busy wrapping up vacations, road trips and the annual treks “over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house.” But have you ever wondered about the safety of these summer jaunts — particularly the portion “over the river”? New York state... more

Clifton Springs man charged with DWI after crash; passenger sent to hospital

On Friday at approximately 8:15 pm a Clifton Springs man was arrested following a one-vehicle crash at the corner of Melvin Hil Rd. and Ontario St., according to deputies. The Phelps Police Department, Phelps Ambulance, and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene, and after a brief investigation – Joshua Matthew Perry, 29, of Clifton Springs was taken... more

Midlakes appoints new superintendent

Matthew Sickles is excited to start serving as superintendent of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District (Midlakes) beginning Sept. 1. He brought his family Monday to a special meeting of the Board of Education, which unanimously approved his appointment through June 2021 with an initial annual base salary of $140,000. “Thank you,” Sickles told the board. “I’m humbled and honored... more

FLACRA receives funds for treatment operations

State Sen. Pamela Helming, R-54th District, recently announced that Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency is one of six projects to receive $18.7 million in funding. The money is part of the $491 million Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program to improve patient care in communities by developing medical facilities and programs that serve various needs. Funding was enacted... more

FLACRA gets $3.5M in state funds

For the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, the third time was indeed a charm. After losing out on two previous attempts at state funding to improve its headquarters in Clifton Springs, officials from the agency — commonly known as FLACRA — recently learned the organization was approved for $3.5 million through the state’s Health Care Facility Transformation Program.... more

‘Anything Goes’ for Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre’s 40th anniversary

The Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a production of a classic musical comedy. The cast of “Anything Goes” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 27-29 and at 2 p.m. July 30 in the air-conditioned Midlakes High School auditorium. The score includes such standards as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the... more

Funding announced for addictions counseling, recovery at FLACRA

Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency is one of six projects to share in $18.7 million to support the Finger Lakes region’s health care system. State Sen. Pam. Helming, R-Canandaigua announced the funding for FLACRA, based in Clifton Springs in Ontario County, which is part of an overall $491 million being spent for the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation... more

82-year-old sent to Strong after Short Rd. garage fire in Manchester

Port Gibson, Newark, Clifton Springs and Phelps Fire Departments were all called to the scene of a Short Rd. structure fire on Thursday. Upon arrival, deputies say that flames and heavy smoke were showing from the west side of the residence. The fire had been contained to the garage and some of the living area, which sustained major fire, smoke,... more
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